You can find about 40,000 Bluetooth wireless earbuds / headsets on Amazon, and we’ve narrowed the list for you to our top 7 best picks in the $25 to $30 range. Let’s start with what they have in common, and then for the individual headsets we’ll highlight what sets them apart.
All of our top earbuds use the Bluetooth 4.1 standard for wireless communications with your device. Range from your earbuds to your device is pretty consistent at around 30 to 40 feet, so you can easily use these in almost any room or setting. None require software or apps to work with any Bluetooth capable devices (e.g., iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, tablets, Kindles, laptops, computers, and more).
Most of these can pair simultaneously with two device, for example allowing you to listen to a movie on your Kindle but switch to your smartphone to answer a call with a push of a button.
Battery life is much the same for all our picks. These will work from 8 to 13 hours on a single charge, and typically you can charge for an hour to get 4 hours of use.
The specs for the Frequency Response (20Hz-20kHz) are also similar, and pretty much the entire range for what 99.9% of people can possibly hear.
All of these headsets come with 2 or 3 different sized ear tips, so you can get the best fit. You’ll also get a carrying case / pouch and a Micro-USB charging cord. If you need a spare or replacement cord, please see our recent review – Best Micro USB Cables
(Note: Prices below are based on Amazon at time of publication. As with many consumer electronics, these may fluctuate up or down, at any time. See here for more details on price lists.)
The “Symphonized” gets our top pick for the stylish ear cans which are handcrafted from all natural wood. The richness of the sound matches the craftsmanship of the earbuds. While the wood may not actually make the sounds better, these subjectively have the warmest tones and a good bass response.
Controls are easy to use and with good sized buttons (volume up/down, track skip/go back, call answer/end), with an in-line microphone for making calls.
Battery will last about 8 hours on a 2 hour charge.
Buy on Amazon ($29.99): Symphonized NRG Bluetooth Wireless Wood In-ear Noise-isolating Headphones
#2 – Anker SoundBuds Curve Bluetooth 4.1 Sports Earphones ($25.99)
Our second choice has the longest battery life on the list – 12.5 hours on a single charge. You get an hour of play for each 10-minutes of recharging. The over-the-ear headset is great to active workouts and outdoor fitness. The Anker is good for water protection again sweat and light rain.
These are also very comfortable for long wear. You get 3 sizes in each of two sets of ear tips, silicone and memory foam so you can shoes which is best for you.
Sound quality is good, and reproduces music in HD quality. This headset also has active noise cancellation to help mute the outside world while you enjoy your music, streaming video or calls. The low range bass is good for earbuds, and overall acoustic range provides a nice range of tones.
Available through Amazon ($25.99) – Anker SoundBuds Curve Bluetooth 4.1 Sports Earphones
#3 – AUKEY Latitude Wireless Headphones ($29.99)
AUKEY Latitude Wireless Headphones produces the best bass beat, and features three EQ sound settings so you can adjust the headset to the type of music you listen to. The EQ settings allow you to boost different frequency ranges to customize the listening experience.
The AUKEY comes with 3 sizes of silicone ear tips that provide a snug fit for noise isolation. These have in-ear ear-hooks to keep them in-place during a workout or run. To keep the earbuds from dangling when not in use, these have magnetic fasteners to lock them together around your neck.
Battery life is good, at a bout 8 hours with a 1.5 hour recharge time.
Find these at Amazon ($29.99) – AUKEY Latitude Wireless Headphones
#4 – JLab Audio Metal Bluetooth Wireless Rugged Earbuds ($29.99)
The JLab Audio Metal Bluetooth Wireless Rugged Earbuds provide an optimal music experience with its attentive build and decent sound quality. These are ergonomically designed for your comfort both during exercising and for long conference calls. The JLab comes with 4 pairs of soft silicone gel tips to get a super comfortable, noise-reducing fit and 2 pairs of Cush Fins. The earbuds have an IP55 protection rating that assures you that it’s sweat-proof.
Battery life is about 6 hours, with full recharge in under 90 minutes.
Order through Amazon for $29.99, JLab Audio Metal Bluetooth Wireless Rugged Earbuds
#5 – SoundPEATS Magnetic Wireless Bluetooth Headphone Earbuds ($26.99)
Audio is high-fidelity with good overall range and excellent bass notes. The SoundPEATS have the usual in-line button controls which are easy to use and have a high quality feel. The battery life is about 8 hours and can be fully recharged in under 2 hours. For a comport fit, this headphone comes with 3 pairs of normal silicone earbuds tips and 2 additional pairs sized XL and XS. Similar to other earbuds on this list, the SoundPEATS also have magnetic clasp to hold the earbuds together around your neck while not in use.
Find these for $29.99 on Amazon, SoundPEATS Magnetic Wireless Bluetooth Headphone Earbuds
The 180 Degree Adjustable Ear Hook design fits comfortably and stays put for all levels of exercise and activities. The soft smooth silicone gel keeps them in place and provides a non-water absorbing surface. These come with 3 additional tips to fit most any sized ear. The electronics include active noise cancellation, so you can focus on your music, movies or phone-calls with reduced background noise.
Sound quality is good, and higher end notes are faithfully reproduced.
Available for $25.89 on Amazon, SoundPEATS Magnetic Wireless Bluetooth Headphone Earbuds
#7 – TREBLAB J1 Bluetooth Earbuds ($29.95)
Our last pick also has noise cancelling earphones and magnetic attachments for when not in use. The ear Fins keep the TREBLAB earbuds in place, even during vigorous activity. The CD-like sound quality has no distortion through the full volume range, and the bass notes are delivered with surprising reproduction.
Battery life is around 8 hours with a sub-2 hour recharge time.
Get it on Amazon for $29.95, SoundPEATS Magnetic Wireless Bluetooth Headphone Earbuds